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creative writing position: Christopher Newport Univ.

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    The Department of English at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in creative writing, effective
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 17, 2010
      The Department of English at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in creative writing, effective August 2011. The University is seeking faculty who are committed to undergraduate education, who want to engage students in creative intellectual challenges, and who will be active in their service to the University community. By August 1, 2011, the successful candidate will have earned an MFA in Creative Writing. Additionally, those with a PhD in Creative Writing, English or Rhetoric & Composition will be preferred. This position will be expected to teach upper division courses in creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry as well as first and second year composition seminars and other lower division courses in support of the Liberal Learning Core Curriculum. There will also be opportunity to develop new courses in creative writing. For all candidates, teaching experience in creative writing and composition is desirable. The teaching load is 3-4.

      Successful candidates should possess a broad knowledge of creative writing (fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting), solid teaching skills, the ability to teach effectively in the University's Liberal Learning Core, an active publishing record as a creative writer (publications preferred), and a commitment to taking a lively part in the life and work of the University, which includes student advising and service to the Department, the University and the profession.

      The Department of English has 24 full-time faculty and is located in the new $40 million McMurran Hall. This new state-of-the-art academic building is conveniently located in the heart of CNU's picturesque campus and features the highest quality instructional spaces. The Department is central to the University's curriculum and mission, and it prides itself on its collegiality and cross-disciplinary outreach. The University advocates the teacher/scholar model and is dedicated to supporting faculty development and continuing scholarship.

      Located between historic Colonial Williamsburg and the ocean resort of Virginia Beach, CNU is committed to outstanding teaching, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; the University will soon seek to shelter a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The Fall 2010 freshman class of approximately 1,200 students was selected from over 8,500 applicants and has an average SAT of 1200. Capital improvements (exceeding $500 million) on the beautiful, 260-acre campus integrate the University's liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. These include the state-of-the-art Trible Library, home to the most comprehensive maritime research collections in the world; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world. In 2009, a Humanities and Social Sciences edifice was opened while two other academic buildings are currently underway: a 21st Century Integrated Science Center; and an innovative facility designed to create synergies among the sciences, social sciences, and Joseph W. Luter III School of Business.

      Our faculty enjoys an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. CNU faculty members are productive scholars and researchers, supported by summer stipends and year-long internal grants programs. New faculty members recently praised CNU's academic departments for their collegiality and support of pre-tenure faculty in a survey conducted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Faculty and administrators actively consult and collaborate as the University works to forge a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. Attractive salary, health and retirement benefits packages and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace. For further information on CNU, please visit our web site at www.cnu.edu and our institutional profile at http://chronicle.com/jobs/profiles/3730.htm?pg=i.

      To apply, send a letter of application, curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), and three letters of reference to:

      Director of Equal Opportunity and Faculty Recruitment
      English (Creative Writing) Faculty Search
      Search #8378
      Christopher Newport University
      1 University Place
      Newport News, VA 23606

      Review of applications begins on December 1, 2010.
      Applications received after December 1, 2010, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

      Representatives from CNU will be available at the MLA Conference in Los Angeles. However, attendance at the MLA Conference is not required for consideration as a candidate for this position.

      Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully committed to Access and Opportunity.
      Application Information
      Postal Address: Michelle L. Moody
      Equal Opportunity & Faculty Recruitment
      Christopher Newport University
      1 University Place
      Newport News, VA 23606
      Phone: 757-594-8819
      Fax: 757-594-7508
      Email Address: <mlmoody(at)cnu.edu> (replace (at) with @)
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